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A Comprehensive Prescription for Indigent Defense Reform

19 October 2015 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
"Utah needs aggressive reform at both the state and county levels, undertaken immediately and supported by significant state funding. Any legislative proposal must include concrete directives for counties, as well as funding to accomplish those directives."

Milking the Poor for Fees and Fines Destroys Lives - and Cities

14 October 2015 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
“Ferguson, Missouri” has become short-hand for racial profiling and police militarization. But U.S. Department of Justice investigations into how things got so bad in Ferguson have revealed something seemingly more banal at the root of the problem: tickets.

Utah Must Walk The Talk By Fully Funding Indigent Defense

13 October 2015 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
An Op-Ed published in the Salt Lake Tribune on October 10, 2015, advocates for indigent defense reform at both the state and county levels supported by significant state funding.

How Restorative Justice Models Can Transform School Discipline

08 October 2015 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
With the School-to-Prison Pipeline going strong in the United States, it is important to focus on alternate methods of discipline for struggling youth.

Justice Courts: Surprisingly Light on Actual Justice?

05 October 2015 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
You’ll probably walk through the doors of your local justice court at least once in your life.

Kicking Off the Week of Action Against School Push-Out!

02 October 2015 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
Over the past sixty years, many laws have been put in place to ensure the equal treatment of historically disadvantaged racial minorities in the U.S. That doesn’t mean, however, that we’ve solved the many insidious problems associated with racial discrimination.

The ACLU of Utah Stands With Planned Parenthood!

29 September 2015 Published in Articles, Resources, and Position Papers
This article was first published in the Liberty Reporter: 2015 Fall Newsletter >> Thousands of women and families trust and rely on Planned Parenthood of Utah for affordable, accessible, high-quality healthcare and education services, including contraception, cancer screenings, and STD testing and prevention. Call Gov. Herbert’s Office at (801) 538-1000 and let him know that you stand with Planned Parenthood. You can also sign an online petition at ppacutah.org/stand-with-planned-parenthood/  

Week of Action: Invest in Public Education Not Prison Cultivation

28 September 2015 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
Join us in a week of action to challenge the “school-to-prison pipeline” in Utah. 

Peace Officer: A Film About How We Don't Have Peace Officers Anymore

16 September 2015 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
“I witnessed my son-in-law killed by the SWAT team I founded.”- former Davis County Sherriff William “Dub” Lawrence.

How the Failing Public Defense System is Hurting Public Defenders

08 September 2015 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
In a state with such a constitutionally-deficient public defender system, it is tempting to believe that the broken system in Utah, detailed in ACLU’s report “Failing Gideon,” is experiencing something different than other states. 

Why Police Might Want to Listen to Community Stories About Police Violence

04 September 2015 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
On September 5, families, friends and supporters of people impacted by law enforcement excessive use of force will gather to share stories at “No More Tears: Stories of Police Violence.” 

YES ON SIX: Demand that the Sixth Amendment be realized in Utah!

26 August 2015 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
Tell your state legislator how inadequate legal counsel has failed you or someone you know, who couldn’t afford her or his own private attorney.

We Stand with Planned Parenthood

11 August 2015 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
Without Planned Parenthood, millions of women and families in low-income communities would not have the healthcare they need. TAKE ACTION: Sign this petition to protect women’s reproductive decisions.

Why Would Anyone Plead Guilty, If They Are Innocent?

06 August 2015 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
This blog post was written by Alexandria Sadler (Summer Intern 2015), a recent graduate of the University of Utah who will be attending law school this fall in California.

Building a New Prison Could Reduce Utah's Rampant Use of Barbaric "Restrictive Housing"

28 July 2015 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
In practice, “solitary confinement” isn’t exactly what you see in movies: the dirt-smeared man alone in a dark cell, with a rat for company and a tiny window his only connection to the outside world.

Order signed! Lucy got her birth certificate with both moms listed!

23 July 2015 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
All Utah same sex parents who qualify can be listed on birth certificates.

The Bad News Behind Salt Lake Co's Work to Reduce Pay Gaps Between Prosecutors & Public Defenders

16 July 2015 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
Last week, the Salt Lake County Council discussed ways in which the county can eliminate pay gaps between public defenders and county prosecutors. This is very good news.

VICTORY! Court Tells Utah: Put BOTH Mothers on Birth Certificate...NOW.

15 July 2015 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
On July 15, just two-and-a-half weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark ruling on same-sex marriage, LOVE WON AGAIN in Utah!

As Our Addiction to Incarceration Gets Worse, More Utahns Will Struggle to Find a Place to Live

30 June 2015 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
What does it mean, to “pay your debt to society” after committing a crime?

June 26th: A Historic Day for Equality

28 June 2015 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
Today the Court determined our constitutional guarantees of due process and equal protection prohibit states from excluding same-sex couples from marriage.